Aplastic anemia is a condition that occurs when the body fails to produce enough new blood cells. Fatigue, uncontrolled bleeding, pale skin, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, nosebleeds and headaches are some of the common symptoms of aplastic anemia.
HOW IS APLASTIC ANEMIA DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of Aplastic Anemia is done by bone marrow examination. Other procedures are blood tests, renal function test, electrolytes, thyroid function tests, vitamin B12 and folic acid tests. A biopsy may be required to gather various details of the bone marrow functions.
HOW IS APLASTIC ANEMIA TREATED?
Treatments for aplastic anemia may include observation for mild cases, blood transfusions and medications for more-serious cases, and in severe cases, bone marrow transplantation. Severe aplastic anemia, in which your blood cell counts are extremely low, is life-threatening and requires immediate hospitalization for treatment.
DID YOU KNOW?
For many women, pregnancy-related aplastic anemia improves once the pregnancy ends.